In twilight of his life, 15-year-old dog surrendered by family

In the twilight of his life, a 15-year-old dog has found himself alone…held behind the bars of a lonely kennel run, with no familiar faces to provide him with comfort. The dog, named “Pepper,” has been at the Carson Animal Services facility in Gardena, California, since January 7 – the day that his family left him behind.

On January 8, the volunteer-run Facebook page, Saving Carson Shelter Dogs, wrote:

Precious PEPPER is 15 and still in Shock after his family left him at the Shelter. He is a gentle, sweet soul and he needs help fast, the Shelter is FULL and he will not be comfortable in the kennel. HE CAN GO HOME TODAY!!

Pepper is understandably (and justifiably) confused and saddened by his current life circumstance. Right now, he has no one aside from strangers to provide him with hope for something better. Please help Pepper find his way out of the facility by taking a moment to network his adoption information.

If you are in LA County and can foster this dog, please take a moment to fill out an application at

Facebook thread here.

Petharbor link here.

PEPPER – ID#A5023931

Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566
Ask for information about animal ID number A5023931


No one to claim senior dog left at busy animal control agency

A senior dog is waiting to be saved from a busy, open intake animal control agency in Los Angeles County, California. The 10-year-old dog, named “Isis,” has been at the Lancaster shelter since November 15…in the nearly one month’s time that has passed, nobody has come forward to claim her as their own.

Being held at a noisy, unfamiliar animal control agency is tough on the strongest of dogs…add in age and age-related issues (arthritis and more) and the situation becomes all the more difficult.

Isis could use the help of strangers to help her find somewhere safe to go. Please take a moment to network this senior dog’s adoption information. After all of the time that has passed, it is unlikely that her owner will show up to claim (and save) her.


Video reveals fear in pair of surrendered dogs

A video, taken on October 16 at the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services facility in Houston, Texas, reveals the fear a pair of dogs is experiencing after their owner surrendered them.

The dogs, “Caney,” and “Bella,” (both females) are obviously distraught over the loss of their home and family. In the video, taken one day after the dogs were surrendered, the pair huddle on the floor, shaking in fear and appearing to try to disappear from the strange and unfamiliar environment which they have been plunged into.

Owner surrenders at open intake animal control agencies are at the most risk of being put down (due to the lack of the stray holding period). Please take a moment to help this fearful pair of dogs find a loving owner (or reputable rescue agency) where they can relax and feel joy once again.

Petharbor link for Caney Here.

Petharbor link for Bella here.

Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services at (281) 999-3191
Ask for information about animal ID number A470425 (Caney)

Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services at (281) 999-3191
Ask for information about animal ID number A470426 (Bella)



Saving neglected ‘John Snow’

Photos and video of a badly neglected dog dubbed “John Snow,” resulted in numerous inquiries, heavy networking, and ultimately, rescue. The pit bull mix had been held at the busy, open-intake Chicago Animal Care and Control facility in Illinois.

A quick glance at John Snow’s video reveals why so many people were enamored by him…aside from his darling face, inquisitive eyes and wiggling bottom, was John’s sweet demeanor, obvious prior training and apparent forgiveness to humans, despite a body screaming of long-term neglect.

On Tuesday, shortly after John Snow arrived to the busy animal control agency, the rescue agency, Peace for Pits, Inc., committed to take him in. Find this neglected dog’s rescuers on Facebook here.

Rescue groups like Peace for Pits are able to help neglected dogs like John Snow when people volunteer to foster. Please consider opening your home to a dog in need.


At 16, senior dog left at shelter because family said she’s ‘too old’

At the admirable age of 16 years, a poodle mix named “Snow White” finds herself without a home after her family decided that she is “too old” to keep. The heartbreaking situation has left this senior dog utterly confused.

On Saturday, the Saving Carson Shelter Dogs Facebook page uploaded a video of Snow White, along with a few words about her sad plight:

My former family who owned me for had to give me up because they thought I had gotten too old.

She won’t make it long, she is is confused right now it will tear your heart out. She needs help NOW! Please SHARE for her life, she is VERY special and a FOSTER or ADOPTER would save her.

It is indeed heartbreaking to watch this homeless senior dog inside of her new “home,” which is nothing more than a small, metal cage. In the video, Snow White first walks into a back corner wall, stepping into a dish – she then turns and walks to the front of the cage, only to hit her head on the metal bars.

It goes without saying that Snow White has no idea what has happened to bring her here…and that she is certainly scared, confused and sad. Please help Snow White find her way to a reputable rescue agency, or a loving home, by taking a moment to share her adoption information.

Petharbor link here. ID number A3439678/My name is Snow White and I am described as a spayed female, white Poodle – Miniature mix. The shelter thinks I am about 16 years old.

Shelter information:

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California
216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California
310.523.9566, M-TH 12 pm – 7 pm, F-SU – 10 am – 5 pm


‘I died today’ Heartbreaking photo viral on Facebook

A heartbreaking photo was posted to Facebook on September 23, and it has proceeded to “go viral” on social media. The image of black trash bags lining a corridor in front of empty kennel runs is accompanied by words which sting with the heartbreak of bitter reality.

The post begins, “I died today. You got tired of me and took me to the shelter. They were overcrowded and I drew an unlucky number. I am in a black plastic bag in a landfill now.” The post, written by Facebook user Michele Boggs, ends, “You didn’t pay attention to me after the first week or so, but I spent all my time waiting for you to love me. I died today. Love, Your Puppy.”

The words between the first and last sentences hit the crux of why many dogs are surrendered…the chewing, the potty accidents and the barking. The “disobedience” from a young dog that did not know better.

Too many people enter into pet ownership with expectations that are far from reality – people who immediately want their cute puppy to be perfectly behaved. The truth of the matter is that puppies will chew and have accidents – if left to their own devices, they will likely bark and get into trouble. Training helps, as does patience – lots and lots of patience.

Is it easy? Not always – but the pay off is huge for those who can get through the difficult times and hold true to the commitment which was made when the puppy was brought into the family.

What can responsible pet owners do to help stop the madness of unnecessary killings? Speak up – let people know that animal control agencies are not shelters. Let them know that pets come with responsibility and if you “give up” you may be sentencing your puppy (cat, kitten, dog) to death because animal control agencies do put unwanted pets down for space constraints, behavior issues and when/if they get sick.

Boggs hit the nail on the head with her final statement:

If you don’t think this really happens….you aren’t living in reality…..they die daily…..thousands…..

Spay, neuter, adopt.

(Photo via Michele Boggs/Facebook)

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Friendly dog on death row after ailing owner surrendered her

A friendly eight-year-old dog is on death row after she was surrendered to a busy animal control agency in Manhattan, New York. The dog, named “Mia,” (A1091214) is already on the “to be destroyed” list after her ailing owner surrendered her to the New York Animal Care and Control Manhattan facility on September 25.

The following heartbreaking words have been written about Mia’s situation on the NYC Urgent Dogs website:

How heartbreaking it must be for Mia and for the owner who was forced to surrender her due to the owner’s poor health. Mia was clearly loved. She was even a bit too well fed, but she was spayed, taught basic commands, house trained and loved people of all ages. Her owner reported no issues whatsoever with this sweet, 24 pound 8 year old Shih tzu mix. By all accounts Mia was the perfect pet and now, through no fault of her own she is on the list to be killed

Mia had a normal life before her everything was turned upside down when her owner’s health declined – through no fault of her own, she is now in danger of being killed. Please help this surrendered dog find a rescue agency or adopter by taking a moment to share her adoption information.

  • Full adoption profile here
  • MIA. My Animal ID # is A1091214.
    I am a spayed female black shih tzu mix. The shelter thinks I am about 8 YEARS old. I came in the shelter as a OWNER SUR on 09/25/2016 from NY 10466, owner surrender reason stated was OWNER SICK.
  • You can call (212) 788-4000 for automated instructions.
  • Facebook thread for this dog here

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This is what happens when someone surrenders their dog

Have you ever stopped to think about the emotional toll that is taken on dogs who are surrendered to shelters? On September 14, Tammy Graves, of the Haley Graves Foundation Inc., captured a poignant photo of a surrendered dog who is obviously overwhelmed, and terrified, after being surrendered to an animal control agency.

Graves wrote, “Today I went to the shelter to take photos for Lab Rescue of three labs needing rescue. Yes three! And as I walked past a kennel I saw this. This is what happens when people bring their dog to a shelter and leave them. This guy yesterday morning woke up happy on a couch or in a warm bed, waiting to be fed, hopped in the car thinking he was going to the park or if it was a bad day he was going to the Vet.”

Graves continued – explaining the dog’s obvious, overwhelming fear at her (it turns out that he is a she) sudden change of life circumstances:

Instead he went to a place where there are 275 dogs barking to be freed, it smells like death, and doors are banging shut all the time. Animals walk by and never return. And he has no idea his fate. All he knows is he didn’t ask to be here. He didn’t even ask to be born to irresponsible owners. But today he lays frozen in fear, in a puddle of his own urine.

Graves summed up the problem – noting that this is not a shelter or system issue, but an irresponsible ownership issue. She wrote:

This is the reality of irresponsible pet ownership and the shelter system. This is not a shelter issue, this is not a rescue issue. This is irresponsible pet ownership. Own it people!!

This dog, now known as “June,” is fortunate. She will not become another statistic because she was lucky enough to be rescued. According to her rescuers, she is not available for adoption at this time. She is heartworm positive and needs help to overcome social anxiety issues.

Follow June’s rescuers on Facebook here. Help support this rescue agency here.

(Photo via Facebook/Graves)

Heartbroken dog seems to know he is being surrendered

Update 9/18/16: Toto has been adopted!

A heartbroken little dog named “Toto,” seemed to know what his fate was when he was walked into a busy California animal control agency on Friday. The three-year-old Chihuahua was taken to the Carson Animal Control, along with a bag of food, and handed over to staff who was on hand to take him away…

The moment that Toto was surrendered was captured on video and it is a heartbreaking scene to observe. Toto repeatedly jumps on his owner’s leg, seeming to implore the man to stop the madness. Toto appears to be well aware that all he knows is soon to be lost.

On Friday, the Saving Carson Shelter Dogs Facebook page wrote:

It was very hard to watch TOTO being surrendered because it was like he knew exactly what was happening and after the camera was off he continued to try and climb up his old dad’s leg begging him not to do it.

Toto seems to be an expressive dog – in this video, he is using his body language to plead with his owner. The person who gave Toto up claims that the dog is “too vocal.” The post on Toto’s behalf reads, “He was left because they said he was too vocal, well now he isn’t saying anything. He needs help now, the Shelter is FULL! Please SHARE for his life, he is VERY special and a FOSTER or ADOPTER would save him.”

Please help save Toto’s life by taking a moment to share his adoption information. Owner surrenders are not held for any specific length of time and can be put down for any reason.

By court order, killings halted at Ohio animal control

For the time being, the killings have been halted at an animal control agency in Ohio where cases of distemper have been discovered. According to Thursday’s NBCi 4 News, a judge has granted a temporary restraining order which mandates that no more dogs can be put down at the Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control.

The court order was granted after the filing of a lawsuit was filed by several rescue agencies, including Peace for Paws Ohio, Julie Robert, Pittie Paw Rescue, I Have a Dream Rescue Organization and RescuedOhio. On Thursday, RESCUEDohio updated Facebook followers about the restraining order, and the need for funds to meet the required bond:

Today, four rescue groups filed a temporary restraining order against the Franklin County Dog Shelter to stop the shelter from euthanizing healthy, vaccinated dogs. Common Pleas Court Judge Holbrook granted the order, but it has no force unless the rescues can post a $100,000 bond. We need your help. These dogs need you, too.

Before the restraining order was granted a total of 84 dogs were put down for signs of sickness. The shelter killings came about after distemper was confirmed at the Columbus facility – however, of the 84 dogs killed, only three tested positive for the disease.

Nearly 200 dogs remain at the animal control facility – individuals who adopted a dog during the outbreak (since August 8) can call the shelter at 614-525-3647 if they are concerned that their pet might be infected.

Prior article about this situation here. Read more about this situation here.

(photo via Pixabay)